Our Westminster Award expedition to Cornwall is coming up and we’re excited to release further details >>
Cornwall trip - 'think global, act local'
New report looking into social impact of Cadet Forces and CVQO qualifications
A four-year study by the University of Northampton into the impact of the Cadet Forces and CVQO qualifications was released, with some very positive conclusions.
Supporting young people and adult volunteers during the pandemic
We are committed to supporting young people and youth organisations throughout the pandemic to gain new qualifications and skills for life.
Employability Skills Workshop webinars
Now available – Employability Skills Workshop webinars exclusively for CVQO learners – click here for more information!
Read our Spring 2021 Newsletter
Click here to read about what’s coming up at CVQO in the coming months
Locked down >> skilled up
This year has presented a lot of challenges but it’s been fantastic to see how many of our learners have taken the opportunity to gain new qualifications
ILM Level 2 Award for Young Leaders
Our ILM Level 2 Award for Young Leaders is delivered over 2 consecutive days and is aimed at 14-16 year olds, offering a brilliant introduction to leadership concepts and an internationally-recognised qualification.
We are CVQO
CVQO is a UK education charity, providing vocational qualifications to youth group members and their adult instructors. Our qualifications are accredited by Pearson BTEC, ILM and City & Guilds
Ashley Harkness – 225 (Brighton No1) RAF Air Cadets
I didn't leave school with many qualifications - 2 GCSEs to be exact. I have slowly built up the required amount of Level 2 qualifications to allow me to continue onto advanced level courses and will eventually be able to attend university. Without the BTEC provided by CVQO, I would not have enough Level 2 qualifications to meet the entry requirements for most universities.
Liam O’Loughlin and Lewis Norwood – City & Guilds Level 5 Professional Recognition Awards
Before the start of COVID-19 pandemic, Captain Liam O’Loughlin and his partner Lieutenant Lewis Norwood decided to take on the challenge of starting the City & Guilds Level 5 (Affiliateship) in Leadership and Management...
Georgia Allen – ILM Level 5
"Undertaking the CVQO-led ILM Level 5 has taught me to appreciate personal and professional development, not only for myself as the individual, but for the benefit of the Army Cadet Force.
"I have gained confidence in my ability and knowledge of being a leader and have started to believe in my own capabilities more."
East Kilbride Sea Cadets – Employability Skills Workshop webinar
CVQO has been running online Employability Skills Workshop webinars since lockdown with the aim of honing the employability skills of young people...
Alex Anderson – BTEC Level 2 and ILM Level 3
"I have always struggled with exams as they cause me a great deal of stress which is why I left school at 16.
"However, being able to learn new skills through CVQO has allowed me to regain an interest in education and develop myself so I could become a more rounded individual."
Thor Elsson – ILM Level 4
“I had an interview for a new job a couple of weeks ago and have had an offer of a better job than the one I originally applied for.
"The feedback I received, along with the improved job offer, was that they were impressed with my ACF volunteering and the fact I’ve gone for a commission - the clincher was the CVQO-led ILM qualification I’d just finished."
Download the 2019/2020 Prospectus
Not sure where to start with a CVQO qualification or what you might be eligible for? Download our latest Prospectus to see what we offer!
Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education
I have seen first-hand the fantastic opportunities and experience that being a cadet can bring to young people.
“Skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership are vital, practical skills that are so valued by employers, whichever path you choose.
“CVQO are rightly recognising the skills and abilities of our cadet forces with qualifications that will help set them on their path to success.